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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Jack Bernstein (story), Jack Bernstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson
Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)
Dan Marino ... Dan Marino
Noble Willingham ... Riddle
Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock
Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis ... Vinnie
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Roc
David Margulies ... Doctor
John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle
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Storyline

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Shadyac: Detective at the police station. See more »

Goofs

When Ace is about to kick the package down the hall to the man's doorstep at the beginning of the movie, he throws the package up with his feet and lands flat, but on the scene he kicks it, it's in a vertical position. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »

Alternate Versions

Many scenes added in the T.V. version add missing essential story elements, making the rest of the picture more understandable. These include:
  • A scene in a bar in Ray Finkle's hometown.
  • Ace gets up on stage with the band Cannibal Corpse during the concert and sings.
  • Ace attempts to extract information crucial to locating the bar from a distraught gas station attendant.
  • Ace calls Emilio from the mental hospital and an elderly resident imitates him. Ace takes Melissa home after they leave the mental hospital and she kisses him goodnight.
  • Ace visits his hippie friend again and tries find out a connection between Einhorn and Finkle looking at their credit report. Also, Ace phones Emilio from the Mental Hospital to tell him about Finkle and Einhorn.
  • Near the end, Ace commands Snowflake to steal Einhorn's gun. Ace then tries to command Snowflake to give the gun to him, but the dolphin gives it back to Einhorn instead.
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Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

HAMMER SMASHED FACE
Performed by Cannibal Corpse
Written by Cannibal Corpse
Courtesy of METAL BLADE RECORDS
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User Reviews

star-making performance for Carrey
12 February 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Undeniably juvenile, but funny and entertaining comedy stars Carrey—in his breakthrough role—as a goofy, wildly eccentric pet detective hired to find the missing Miami Dolphins mascot. He's the right man for the job but his childish idiosyncrasies, uncanny bond with animals, and aberrant investigative techniques cause outsiders to question whether or not he can actually make good on his word. Aimed mostly at fans who really enjoy silly humor, others will quickly find it tiresome. There are some amusing cameos by real Dolphin football players (including an engaging Dan Marino) but this film belongs to Carrey and his constant outrageousness. Sure-fire entertainment for fans of this genre. **½


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,115,105, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$72,217,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,217,396
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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